Streaker warned off by Dunwoody

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Jockey Club stewards meted out suspensions to Willie Carson and Richard Quinn for riding offences yesterday but the greatest breach of track discipline came at Fontwell, where a streaker ran on to the course. Richard Dunwoody provided immediate punishment by clouting the intruder with his whip.

Stephen Brighton, a 29-year-old barman from Littlehampton, got on the course during the closing race and ran along the inside rail. He was knocked down by Boxing Match, ridden by Rodney Farrant who pulled up later in the race. Uninjured, he was taken to Littlehampton police station to be charged.

Dunwoody said: "The bloke was going a good gallop and I hit him with my whip, hoping he would duck back under the rails. He could have been badly hurt and so could we."

Farrant said: "I saw him some way off but my horse was hanging into the rails and I couldn't drag him off and caught him as I went by. I couldn't care whether he ended up in hospital but I didn't want to go there myself."

At Doncaster, Willie Carson, who chose the wrong filly in the 1,000 Guineas on Sunday, suffered another blow when banned for three days for failing to ride out Muhab for third place in a four-runner race. He will miss the last two days of the Dante meeting as will Richard Quinn, who was punished for irresponsible riding when leaving the stalls on Farani in the opener at Kempton. The horse broke a leg later in the race and had to be put down.